An Encyclopedia of Shamanism: N-Z by Christina Pratt

By Christina Pratt

Shamanism should be outlined because the perform of initiated shamans who're special by means of their mastery of a number altered states of recognition. Shamanism arises from the activities the shaman takes in non-ordinary truth and the result of these activities in usual fact. it isn't a faith, but it calls for non secular self-discipline and private sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the top phases of mystical improvement.

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And S. I. Shapiro. “The Plateau Experience and the Postmortem Life: Abraham H. ” Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 27, no. 1 (1995): 1–23. Krippner, S. H. ” Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 4 (1972): 107–120. Maslow, Abraham H. Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences. New York: Penguin, 1994. 357 Pogok Pogok The pogok is a fetish, carved from wood and created to embody a spirit or energy, like the masks. It is created and used by a tungralik (shaman). ” See also Alaskan; embodiment; Eskimo.

Serenity, defined as relaxation and awareness of the moment, is the distinctive component of plateau experiences. Plateau experiences involve retaining a sense of the ordinary while experiencing a non-ordinary fullness of life. This profound serenity is experienced in contrast to the usually intense, 356 climactic, and explosively in-themoment qualities characteristic of peak experiences. Preconditions for the plateau experience are an awareness of the temporariness of one’s own life, an openness to the miraculous, and the somewhat detached perspective of the witness who sees life in the context of the eternal world and is grateful for it.

Little else has changed. The pilgrims still travel, abstaining from water, sex, sleep, and food, other than the tortillas, throughout the journey. When the pilgrims are in sight of the sacred mountains of Wirikuta (near San Luís Potosí), the hunt begins to take on otherworldly dimensions. The mara’akame begins to chant and pray. The pilgrims ritually wash and pray for rain and fertility. As the chanting continues the pilgrims begin to enter lightly into altered states of consciousness and the Ancient times become superimposed on present time.

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